How to Connect Multiple Bluetooth Speakers to One Device

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Stream audio to multiple Bluetooth speakers.

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We've long been able to send audio from the source to a Bluetooth speaker, but getting that sound to multiple speakers was off the table until recently. That dream became a reality thanks to a range of apps like AmpMe, Bose Connect, and a few from Ultimate Ears, as well as Bluetooth 5, which allows you to send audio to two devices at once.

With the proliferation of smart speakers, such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home, we have more Bluetooth devices in our home than ever. Here's how to stream audio to multiple Bluetooth speakers from your Android, Amazon Echo, or Google Home.

Connect Multiple Bluetooth Speakers Using AmpMe

There are few apps you can use to connect multiple Bluetooth devices including AmpMe, Bose Connect, and Ultimate Ears apps that have a PartyUp mode. AmpMe is the most versatile, as it's not brand-specific, while the Bose and Ultimate Ears apps require the respective company's Bluetooth speakers.

AmpMe is an app that can sync up smartphones and Bluetooth speakers together to stream audio from SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube, or your own media library. Users can create or join parties on any of these platforms, and sync up with unlimited devices.

Your smartphone can only connect to one speaker, so you'll need participation from friends and family to make it work.

The person who creates the party controls the music, but other users can send song requests via the app's chat feature. The host can also turn on the Guest as DJ feature which lets other participants add songs to the queue.

AmpMe app screen with DJ options

After you download the app, you have to link it to either your Facebook or Google account, then you'll see if any of your contacts are on AmpMe, or you can turn on location services and find a party near you.

To start a party:

  1. Tap the Plus (+) in the bottom right.

  2. Select the service (Spotify, YouTube, etc.), then tap connect.

  3. Log into your account and choose or create a playlist.

You can invite people to your party who can join remotely, or you can invite them over.

Connect Multiple Bluetooth Speakers Using Audio Company Apps

With Bose Connect and Ultimate Ears apps, you can pair a smartphone with two speakers each, but only on particular models. Bose Connect works with Bose speakers and headphones, and a Party Mode feature lets you stream audio to two headphones or two speakers at once. The app's Google Play and App Store pages list compatible devices.

Ultimate Ears has two apps that can stream audio to multiple speakers: Boom and MegaBoom, which corresponds to two lines of compatible speakers. These apps have a feature called PartyUp that lets users connect over 50 Boom 2 or MegaBoom speakers together.

Connect Multiple Bluetooth Speakers Using Samsung's Dual Audio Feature

If you have a Samsung Galaxy S8, S+, or newer model you can take advantage of the company's Bluetooth Dual Audio, which works with most Bluetooth speakers and headphones; Bluetooth 5 isn't required.

Samsung Dual Audio menu option

To enable this feature:

  1. Go to Settings > Connections > Bluetooth.

  2. Tap the menu icon on the top right.

  3. Select Dual Audio and toggle the switch to on.

  4. To use Dual Audio, pair your phone with two speakers, two headphones, or one of each, and audio will stream to both.

  5. If you try to add a third, the first paired device will be booted off.

If you link your Samsung with two sets of headphones, only the first connected device can manage playback using on-headphone media controls. You may also encounter Bluetooth speakers that are out of sync, so this feature is best for speakers located in separate rooms.

Apple has a similar feature called HomePod Stereo Pair. In this case, iPhones running iOS 11.4 or later can pair two HomePod speakers together.

Connect Multiple Bluetooth Speakers Using Amazon Echo and Google Home

Other smart speakers, including the Amazon Echo and Google Home, can also connect to multiple Bluetooth speakers.

Amazon Echo

The Amazon Echo can connect to one Bluetooth speaker at a time; Amazon has a running list of Bluetooth speakers certified to work with the Echo.

To do so with an Echo with a screen, such as the Echo Show or Echo Dot:

  1. Either say "go to settings," or swipe down from the top of the Echo screen.

  2. Select Settings > Bluetooth.

  3. Next, you'll see a list of available devices.

  4. Select your speaker and follow the on-screen instructions.

  5. Alexa then tells you if the connection is successful.

    Amazon Alexa app setup screen

If your Echo doesn't have a screen, you can use the Alexa app.

  1. From the menu, tap Alexa Devices, then choose your Echo device.

  2. Tap Bluetooth Devices > Pair a New Device.

  3. A list of available devices will appear in the Alexa app; tap the one you want, and you're all set.

As an alternative, you can say "Connect" to pair your Echo to the device it was most recently connected to.

Google Home

Google Home devices can connect with other Home speakers as well as Bluetooth speakers from other companies. You can only link one Bluetooth speaker at a time, but if you have several Google Home devices, you can achieve multi-room audio.

Google Home app setup screen

To connect a Bluetooth speaker to your Google Home:

  1. Open the Google Home app and tap the Devices icon in the top right corner.

  2. Choose the Home speaker you want to connect to.

  3. Tap Settings > Default music speaker, then select your Bluetooth speaker.

This feature is available on the Google Home, Home Mini, and Home Max smart speakers.

Looking Forward: Bluetooth 5

For smartphones, the first Bluetooth 5 compatible devices were the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, and the LG V30. The Galaxy S9 and S9+ followed suit, so you can expect to see this included in many flagship smartphones.

Anker Zolo Liberty Plus Bluetooth earphones
Anker Zolo Liberty+ earphones.

There are a handful of Bluetooth 5 earphones on the market, including the Kickstarter-funded Anker Zolo Liberty+. Bluetooth 5 speakers are also on the horizon, but audio companies are likely waiting for more compatible devices to come out. We expect to see some announcements leading up to the 2018 holiday shopping season, and at trade shows in early 2019.